Spring 2018: Introduction to Mitigation and Adaptation Studies

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Class 16 (03/12/2018): Decision-Making: Socio-Economic and Political Contexts

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Our mainstream model of a global economy is based on a number of assumptions about goals of economy, how it works, and how the planetary system is linked to it. These assumptions arose in a time when humanity was small and with much less access to energy, and at a time when wide-spread poverty was the main concern. The resulting economy is in conflict with many of nature's laws. However, there are high economic values connected with the causes of climate change, and those benefiting from these causes have high resistance to societal transitions that would mitigate climate change.

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Constanza et al., 2013.

Constanza et al., 2014.

Utting, 2016.

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